Saudia needs 8,000 maintenance workers

Updated 12 October 2012
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Saudia needs 8,000 maintenance workers

JEDDAH: Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Khaled Al-Mulhem said Tuesday the corporation’s maintenance operations over the next eight years would require the recruitment of 8,000 workers.
“The corporation will recruit and train these workers,” he said, adding that Saudi Arabian Airlines aims to become the top maintenance service provider in the region.
Al-Mulhem was speaking at the Shoura Council during the council’s transportation, communications and information technology committee discussions on the airlines’ annual report for fiscal 2011-2012.
He said the Saudi Aviation Engineering & Manufacturing Corporation is in the final stages of preparations for complete privatization, at which point it would achieve a market value of SR 7 billion.
Al-Mulhem was accompanied by a number of corporate officials. He briefed members of the committee on the most significant developments in the corporation including the upgrading of the fleet, saying 58 new airplanes were put into service in the past 30 months.
He said the airline is determined to develop its fleet based on integrated studies on domestic and international air traffic and the specifications and capacity of aircraft.
Al-Mulhem reviewed the most important stages the corporation has gone through successfully in terms of transforming it into a private holding company and the developments in its organizational structure that included the separation of most units, such as the catering unit, for them to be transformed into companies with market value and stocks under the umbrella of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
The catering unit had been successfully privatized and became the Saudi Arabian Airlines Catering Company; the freight unit became a company, as well as ground services. The latter was incorporated with a number of national companies and the airline owns 75 percent of it, he said, adding that it achieved profits of SR 550 million.


King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

Updated 22 July 2019
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King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

  • 500 pilgrims are to be selected from the Sudanese army
  • Another 500 to be selected from families of Sudanese soldiers who died while fighting Houthi terrorists in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman has issued an order to host 1,000 pilgrims from Sudan to perform Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the directive, the 1,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that of this total, 500 pilgrims would be selected from the Sudanese army and those belonging to the families of Sudanese martyred while participating in the “Determination Storm and Restoring of Hope” operations within the Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

This year, King Salman has ordered the hosting of 1,300 pilgrims from around the world as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.

Earlier, King Salman issued a directive for the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The king also ordered 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims who are family members of martyrs to be hosted while they performed Hajj.  

Al-Asheikh said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all its forms.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Hajj season has reached 562,056, according to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

Most pilgrims — 547,505 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 8,548 entered by land and 6,003 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year more that 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.